Aside from a couple of no-name teabags that were in my hotel room here in Kota Kinabalu, I haven't had any tea in several days and I really wanted some. Wandered into a local supermarket for the heck of it with no purpose in mind. Decided to check out the coffee and tea aisle. The only coffee was preground (blech) or instant sachets with sugar and creamer. I decided to pick up some Sabah Tea (locally produced black tea) and another brand of black tea from the Cameron Highlands since I can't get this stuff as cheaply or readily in HK.
I spotted a box with clouds on it and it turned out to be Shui Xian for all of RM5, or $1.50, for 125g. I debated picking it up, and then was like why the hell not? The same company had some TGY, so I bought both. Brewed some up with slices of tongkat ali (a jungle root that I have used in the past, and that I bought a kilo of at a local market yesterday) and it hit the spot, even if it brewed up rather bitter. I coffee cup grandpa'd it--preheated the cup, put tea in, rinsed it, poured it out and strained it with a spoon to stop the leaves from spilling out, and then brewed it with a saucer on top.
I also tried the TGY, which was about as good as the SX (4/10)? Not exceptional tea by any means, but it hit the spot, gave me a nice tea buzz and I am starving now!
Going to eat some more excellent Malay food and then go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.